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premium_steve 68 ( +1 | -1 )
wanted: sharp responses i know someone who has an important game coming up and he's looking for opening weapons to use against his opponent.

he says his opponent will always play 2.c4 after 1.d4, Nf6... and that he is looking for something to catch him off-guard with... perhaps not on the second move, but along the way i guess. it should be pretty sound of course!

do you guys have any suggestions for him? i believe his game is on the weekend, so you'd have to be quick about it. any and all ideas are welcome!!! i know there are some very strong players of all kinds here. and a lot of you have analyzed the kind of opening my friend is looking for, i'm sure. so.. do you have any suggestions??? or can you direct me to a related thread somewhere here?

thanks for the help, pals :)
premium_steve 39 ( +1 | -1 )
small mistake... the game he is playing is on tuesday.... so i guess there is no big rush!
also..... i think i should be a little clearer with what i am asking for. perhaps an unusual opening.... wild and tactical to take a guy who wants to play boring stuff out of his element sort of thing. like budapest gambit or something.... but maybe a little less looked-into. again, all ideas are welcome.
myway316 21 ( +1 | -1 )
What I suggest... not really sound,but White probably will not have seen,or know it. It's the Englund Gambit 1.d4 e5?! If Black insists on !...Nf6,then the Fajorwicz Variation of the Budapest:1.d4 Nc6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4?! Hope this is of use to your friend.
caldazar 161 ( +1 | -1 )
How much risk is Black willing to accept after 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4? Does he want to retain drawing chances, or is a win the only acceptable option? How much time does he have to devote to studying openings? Is he a strong enough player that opening study will even be worthwhile?

I've never believed in using offbeat openings, so if that's what you're looking for, I won't be of much use. But the sharp, tactical systems with which I've experimented at one time or another:

The Black Knight's Tango (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6).

The Budapest Gambit accepted, where Black offers ...f6. Bear in mind that White can achieve a comfortable positional game (in my view, anyway) if he declines to try to win an extra pawn and plays 6. Nbd2 instead of 6. Nc3 .

The Anti-Meran Gambit in the Semi-Slav. Black first transposes back into a normal Semi-Slav with 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6. Now if 5. Bg5, 5... dxc4 6. e4 b5 7. e5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Nxg5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 with a violent struggle in sight. The only problem is, Black can't force this since White can (and often does) play 5. e3, and now you also need to be familiar with various White Anti-Meran systems and you either need to know how to play the Meran (if White plays into it) or else how to play a Black Anti-Meran system. Lots of studying to do if you don't normally play the Semi-Slav, and the amount of theory to know in the actual Anti-Meran Gambit is staggering.

Truthfully, I'd suggest to just play what he normally plays. Important tournament games are no time to be trying out new and unfamiliar opening systems. Save the experimentation for club and skittles games.
atrifix 45 ( +1 | -1 )
Try the Semi-Slav Noteboom: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 dxc4. It's relatively sound, tactical, and often has some degree of unfamiliarity. The Fajarowicz Variation and the Englund Gambit are both good for surprise weapons if you're prepared, but neither is really entirely sound. The a6 Slav has a ton of analysis, but it's all very recent, so you might catch someone off guard if they're not up to date. The only other thing I can suggest is the Tchigorin Defense (1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6).

If you want any more information on these, just ask.
tulkos 2 ( +1 | -1 )
what about--- d4 Nf6 c4 c5? I play it all the time.
peppe_l 4 ( +1 | -1 )
Question May I ask what he usually plays against 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4?

premium_steve 11 ( +1 | -1 )
regular things, i guess but it seems like the player is he playing against is strong against well-known positional openings.
triangulator 15 ( +1 | -1 )
I would suggest d4 nf6 c4 c5 the benoni or play the gambit( not sure what it is called) you play b5 then a6- someone help me? but a gambit is the best way to catch someone off gaurd
atrifix 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Well The Benoni, Benko Gambit, and Meran are all pretty well-known. You could try something like 1. d4 b5 or 1. d4 h6, but again, he'll probably have to do a lot of preparation to play something like that.
triangulator 6 ( +1 | -1 )
oh yah the polish is ok, i have played it a few times- won both times
philaretus 17 ( +1 | -1 )
The Franco-Indian Defence.... .....1.d4 e6 is not much analysed. Of course, Black has to be prepared to play a French Defence if White continues 2.e4, but this may not be to White's liking after a Queen's Pawn opening.
triangulator 14 ( +1 | -1 )
yes phil, you are right i am a tourney d4 player, i have encounterd e6 a few times and won't play e4 cus I open with d4 to avoid the french, sicilian, pric,etc..